International Student Blog

Category: Culture

I’m coming to Bergen! Now what? 2017

Hei! A huge welcome to all the new international students arriving in Bergen for UiB courses!  Maybe you’ve seen the weather and wondered if anyone leaves their home.  Maybe you’re ready to get out and make some new Norwegian or international friends.  Maybe you’re wondering what to do, where to go, how to meet these…

Contest: Share your best UiB student experiences!

In order to kick-off the upcoming #uibstudent photo-competition (see the bottom of the post for all the details) today’s post is going to focus on what I’m most grateful for about studying at UiB. The competition is open for all UiB students, whether Norwegian or International, so get your cameras or your phones ready and, remember to…

Find your niche: Erasmus Student Network

One way to find your niche while you are studying abroad in Bergen is to get involved in a student organization or attend event sponsored by a student org. (Also, if you want to make Norwegian friends and you haven’t yet, Julien S. Bourrelle, author of The Social Guidebook to Norway, would argue that joining some type of activity…

Hvor er biblioteket?

It has been my great (private) shame that I have lived in Bergen for a year and a half and had never explored Bergen’s public library (until this week). There. Now I’ve admitted it, and my shame is public. Hopefully this admission will benefit you, the newer international students, however, by preventing you from carrying the same lack-of-library abashment…

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone’s winter holidays were lovely, just wanted to wish everyone a very happy new year! Of course, as with many celebrations, food can take center stage around the holidays. So in honor of holiday food-festivities, here’s a final glance at Norwegian Christmas and a peek at Norwegian New Year’s — but mostly a look at the…

Norwegianisms 3, this time it’s personal

As it is one of my favorite things to mull over some new (to me) Norwegian idioms, slang, or terms. I thought as the Semester wraps up it would be a great moment to savor a few… so here’s my current top 3 new favorite Norwegian-isms (of the moment):   1. Smørøyet According to google translate…

It’s that time of year: Introductory Programme (January 2016)

Hei hei everybody (if you haven’t arrived yet, “hei” is “hi” in Norsk, and Norwegians often double it up when being extra friendly)! The January 2015 Introductory Programme is coming up quickly (starting on Thursday 07 January)! So, for today’s post, I decided to update a past post of my 3 reasons for attending the Introductory Programme. In the…